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#GetSustainableFWA Volunteer Profile: Victor

It's Sustainability Month! This October, we'll be profiling FortWhyte staff and volunteers to find out what they're doing to live sustainably.

FortWhyte Alive Volunteer Victor has been lending his time to our organization for over 12 years, in a variety of roles. Watch out for him on the roads – you may see Victor rollin' around town on his recumbent bike!

What’s your favourite thing about cycling?

I like the freedom to go wherever I want, when I want.  And the breeze through my hair, although my helmet blocks it a bit.  It’s also affordable, environmentally friendly and good exercise.  I bike about 20 km’s everyday, both foe leisure and to run errands. Although sometimes I ski in the winter instead of bike.

Why do you like a recumbent bike?

It’s comfortable!  I biked to Witchita on a 10-speed and my back got pretty sore.

Where did you get your bike?

My son custom made if for me, he works for a company that builds bikes for persons with physical disabilities.  The wheels are second hand and he welded the frame himself.  He gave it to me for my 60th birthday, that was 20 years ago.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever carried on your bike?

My son built me a bike trailer and I used it to bring our Christmas tree home one year.  My grand kids have also used it to haul water balloons.

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